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      12-17-2014, 07:31 PM   #1
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What Code Reader do you use?

Hello all,

I have a Peake tool that I've used on my 01' Z3 M Roadster and E39 M5 but It doesn't work on my recently purchased 2011 335is with the N54 engine.

I need to get another one but am wandering which one works best for a reasonable price.

Any ideas?

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      12-17-2014, 08:00 PM   #2
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      12-17-2014, 08:24 PM   #3
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      12-17-2014, 08:36 PM   #4
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BT cable is super easy to use and very user friendly. Can't code with it though, so I will probably be getting the other cable too.
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      12-17-2014, 09:33 PM   #6
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Thanks guys,

I looked on the Bavarian Technic website and their support matrix only goes up to 2009

http://www.bavariantechnic.com/model...atrix.aspx#e90

I assume they just need to update the matrix. Do you guys use yours on the later models?

Also, a big price difference between their Enthusiast kit $287 for up to three cars and the pro kit at $735 for unlimited cars.

I have three cars in my garage I could conceivably use it on, so if I wanted to help a friend I couldn't.

I wonder if I could "upgrade" in the future if I run out of "licenses".
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ELM327 with BMWhat.
Using my tablet to code and read error codes.
ELM327 is less than $10 and BMWhat is $50 IF you get it from Play Store.
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ELM327 with BMWhat.
Using my tablet to code and read error codes.
ELM327 is less than $10 and BMWhat is $50 IF you get it from Play Store.
+1, coding with a 25$ dollar cable, a 5$ adapter to plug into my phone and BMWhat $50 playstore (Android). BMWhat is awesome, its able to code a whole bunch of options easily, register batteries, clear and read codes, display vehicle parameters in real time. I recommend highly.
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      12-18-2014, 10:54 AM   #9
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For those of you using BMWhat, does it only code a subset of what you could code using NCSExpert? For example I don't see an option to disable the i-drive Nav warning screen at start-up.

I read the description of BMWhat, and it does quite a few options, but it seems like not as many as have been reported by other users using NCSExpert.
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I have a ODBII and a Bavarian Technic cable.. Even though it does not support my 2011 N55 it sill reads all the codes.
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Thanks guys,

I looked on the Bavarian Technic website and their support matrix only goes up to 2009

http://www.bavariantechnic.com/model...atrix.aspx#e90

I assume they just need to update the matrix. Do you guys use yours on the later models?

Also, a big price difference between their Enthusiast kit $287 for up to three cars and the pro kit at $735 for unlimited cars.

I have three cars in my garage I could conceivably use it on, so if I wanted to help a friend I couldn't.

I wonder if I could "upgrade" in the future if I run out of "licenses".
I have the cable from my old car and it still works fine with the N55 for reading codes. You just have to select the N54 motor. I been checking the site and don't see a software update to match it up with the N55.
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The Cobb has a code reader in it
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$25 ELM327 WIFI tool and $9 OBDFusion App on my ipad and iphone 6, good enough to read and clear codes...all i need it for really, has worked well even though it is not BMW specific, has diagnosed Audis and BMWs for simple issues such as coils.
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any other cheap code readers available???? i seen a bunch on ebay ...i just want something to read error codes i dont need to rewrite shit
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I use the ELM327 and connect with my phone running Torque. The app is fantastic for monitoring engine parameters and checking/clearing OBDII codes.
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Does anyone use an iOS device to do this? I thought I read that iOS devices are more finicky (surprise) with what connects to it and how so bluetooth readers don't quite work as well, or at all.
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I use INPA and a K+DCAN cable. My cable was defective, so I needed to get a new one It gives you the highest level of control over the car, but because it is internal BMW software designed for only a select few group of people to use, it's very clunky and difficult to set up.
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Does anyone use an iOS device to do this? I thought I read that iOS devices are more finicky (surprise) with what connects to it and how so bluetooth readers don't quite work as well, or at all.
Google is my friend, and everyone's friend: http://www.ivini-apps.com/apps_detai...at_iphone.html
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all good info
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My tune ( Jb4 or Cobb ) is my code reader.
I also have a BT cable which i use for hidden codes.
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http://www.ebay.com/itm/Creator-C110..._Tools&vxp=mtr

This is what I use, It reads all BMW shadow codes and gives you some engine data too


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Hello all,

I have a Peake tool that I've used on my 01' Z3 M Roadster and E39 M5 but It doesn't work on my recently purchased 2011 335is with the N54 engine.

I need to get another one but am wandering which one works best for a reasonable price.

Any ideas?

Thanks,

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ELM327 with BMWhat.
+1 except I use the bluetooth adapter the app developer sells on his website since the ELM327 seems to be a hit or miss for a lot of people. I also use the Torque Pro app as backup. I'm on Android BTW.
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